There is a never-ending desire to fulfill the "what can I create from nothing?" Or from this worn out, peeling paint, half rotten...thing? Every week we take our latest garage sale purchase, grab the camera and go nuts to our hearts desire! Sand, click...paint, click....glue, click.... and then post our creations on several weekly diy show-off blog parties. Definitely lots of skill!
DIY can also get you in over your head if you're not careful and skilled in certain areas. We all read about Sarah's mishap with her door (Thrifty Decor Chic). She just wanted to paint it. I think we all could empathize with her in her simple desire to decorate her living room. But as she kept taking the door apart...and apart....pretty soon it indeed fell apart!
Before kids, I also had a lot more creativity and persistence: I re-upholstered a sofa, switched out fabric on an antique room dividing privacy screen, made pillows, made hair scrunchies.... I had vision. Now I have kids and therefore have less vision, energy and time! But to get my blog out there a great way is to join the parties in which you often need before & after diy projects. Curse.
The same goes for my hub. He is one of those guys that can fix anything. He can do automotive, carpentry, electrical, plumbing... everything! So unfortunately, when he comes home from work he fixes the car. Or the tractor. Or the house. Curse.
Yes, he has skill and we save a lot of money (people you are all getting ripped off on brake jobs!) however, because he can and does fix everything here, he has no time. His list is endless on house fix-ups since we recently moved into this older home; our cars are older, too.
So in this sense, diy is more of a curse. Yes, we could pay for some things but he'd spend time going over it with a fine-toothed comb! His motto is "if you want it done right, do it yourself." And because he has the skill we feel it's better for him to do it. We accept our choices.
I also think it's a mind-set. My hub and I are DIY-ers. We were even before this current craze. Yes, its a bit financial (car brakes: $400 vs $40!) and a bit of "I want it the way I want it" and I can't find it in a store. Skill.
So what are your thoughts on the DIY craze? Whether your view is from blogging or having a skilled partner, there are times when it can be a double-edged sword and the blessing of having the skill gets questioned! I'd love to hear your thoughts.....